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Location: San Francisco

Day 1 - 30 Apr 2019

Anderson

San Francisco,  Anderson
San Francisco,  Anderson
San Francisco,  Anderson

Content: We chose to drive from San Francisco to Anderson. Thankfully, to our surprise, the drive wasn’t as brutal as we were expecting and took us roughly 4 hours with minimal traffic.

Location: Anderson

Day 1 - 30 Apr 2019

Best Western Anderson Inn

Anderson, Best Western Anderson Inn

Content: We decided to stay here and at less than $100 a night (inclusive of free breakfast!), we couldn’t have been more pleased.

Location: Anderson

Day 2 - 1 May 2019

Driving to Lassen

Anderson, Driving to Lassen
Anderson, Driving to Lassen
Anderson, Driving to Lassen

Content: We recommend taking a car-full of snacks with you as there are NO places in the park to get a proper meal.

Location: Mineral

Day 2 - 1 May 2019

Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center

Mineral , Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center
Mineral , Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center
Mineral , Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center

Content: We stopped by the Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center to fill up our water bottles and make a bathroom pit stop as the facilities are pretty lacking in the park.

Sulphur Works

Mineral ,  Sulphur Works
Mineral ,  Sulphur Works
Mineral ,  Sulphur Works
Mineral ,  Sulphur Works

Content: Our first stop along the Main Park Road was Sulphur Works – an active hydrothermal area. Walk over to the bubbling mudpot and steaming vents, the smells aren’t too pretty but seeing this impressive mudpot is not to be missed!

Emerald Lake

Mineral , Emerald Lake
Mineral , Emerald Lake
Mineral , Emerald Lake

Content: Next up, the beautiful Emerald Lake! We were surprised to be one of the only visitors here, as the water is just so lovely for photography! A short stop, but definitely worth it, and right off the side of the road.

Bumpass Hell Trail

Mineral , Bumpass Hell Trail
Mineral , Bumpass Hell Trail
Mineral , Bumpass Hell Trail

Content: Bumpass Hell Trail, a three mile round-trip hike leads to a boardwalk full of all kinds of crazy things. Here we listened to bubbling mudpots, watch the steam escape from a fumarole (named Big Boiler), marvel at the unusual multi-colored soil, and watched the boiling pools of water.

Lake Helen

Mineral , Lake Helen
Mineral , Lake Helen
Mineral , Lake Helen

Content: Once we had our fair share of fumaroles, sulphur, and nasty rotten-egg smells, reward ourself with a lay down at Lake Helen.

The Devastated Area Interpretive Trail

Mineral , The Devastated Area Interpretive Trail
Mineral , The Devastated Area Interpretive Trail
Mineral , The Devastated Area Interpretive Trail
Mineral , The Devastated Area Interpretive Trail

Content: The Devastated Area Interpretive Trail explains the 1914-1917 Lassen Peak eruptions on signs throughout, as well as show some amazing views of the destruction as well. The “trail” is only a half mile, and can be done in 30 minutes or less.

Manzanita Lake

Mineral , Manzanita Lake
Mineral , Manzanita Lake
Mineral , Manzanita Lake
Mineral , Manzanita Lake

Content: End the long first day of your weekend in Lassen at Manzanita Lake, where you could easily spend hours!

Location: Shasta County

Day 3 - 2 May 2019

Burney Falls

Shasta County, Burney Falls
Shasta County, Burney Falls
Shasta County, Burney Falls
Shasta County, Burney Falls

Content: First stop of the day was Burney Falls. North of Lassen Volcanic National Park we found McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, which is a little over an hour from Anderson.

McCloud Falls

Shasta County, McCloud Falls
Shasta County, McCloud Falls
Shasta County, McCloud Falls

Content: The next area, McCloud Falls, is a series of three waterfalls which you can either hike between on one long path OR by a short drive to each. This trio of waterfalls is for the lazy ones, and an absolute must-do when in the area.

Mossbrae Falls

Shasta County, Mossbrae Falls
Shasta County, Mossbrae Falls
Shasta County, Mossbrae Falls

Content: Mossbrae Falls an another gorgeous, not widely well-known waterfall in the middle of nowhere.

Castle Lake Road

Shasta County, Castle Lake Road
Shasta County, Castle Lake Road
Shasta County, Castle Lake Road

Content: We drove 20 minutes over to Castle Lake Road got fantastic views of Mount Shasta with the city beneath it instead.

Drakesbad Guest Ranch

Shasta County, Drakesbad Guest Ranch

Content: Meat and veggie meal option for dinner with salad and desert. Delicious food and a soak to follow, with full moon rising and filling the valley.

Location: Shasta County

Day 4 - 3 May 2019

Sundial Bridge

Shasta County, Sundial Bridge
Shasta County, Sundial Bridge
Shasta County, Sundial Bridge
Shasta County, Sundial Bridge

Content: Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, this functional work of art is pretty remarkable. We walked across the bridge over Sacramento River and took a bunch of photos on the glass block walkway and soaring white tower and suspension cables.

Shasta Dam

Shasta County, Shasta Dam
Shasta County, Shasta Dam
Shasta County, Shasta Dam

Content: The architecture is pretty grand, and the Shasta Dam is the second largest in the states after the Hoover Dam in Nevada.

Shasta Lake

Shasta County, Shasta Lake
Shasta County, Shasta Lake
Shasta County, Shasta Lake

Content: We decided do some lounging before heading home, we checked out Shasta Lake. Lots of boating options, places to chill out, and just a beautiful coastline to enjoy for a bit to end our weekend in Lassen National Park.

Location: San Francisco

Day 4 - 3 May 2019

San Francisco

San Francisco, San Francisco

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